We are sharing a post here from Polly Higgins who is the lawyer who has been developing the law of Ecocide.
Here she reports:
The Global Legal Action Network (‘GLAN’) plan to bring a potentially ground-breaking climate change civil case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Suing all 47 States of the Council of Europe, GLAN is acting behalf of six Portuguese children adversely affected by forest fires. In June of this year their district burned as a result of the worst forest fires in their country’s history. The fires, which have been linked to climate change, claimed the lives of over 60 people.
This case is potentially groundbreaking in a number of respects. If it succeeds in passing the first hurdle – a preliminary ruling allowing it to proceed on the basis of exceptional circumstances – the core issues come down to causation, adverse impact and collective responsibility.
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